Success Stories

This is what we are all about. When we place a dog in a great home, everyone in the rescue is elated. Nothing feels better than helping our dogs on their journey to find a forever home where they can love and be loved.

We thank every one of our adoptive families for opening their hearts and homes to our dogs.

These are the most recent MAGSR Success Stories. Success Stories reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

Posted: 12/20/2018
Vivo Vivo Vivo

Vivo is a sweet boy, he loves to be hugged and to sleep on my lap.  He is also, an energizer puppy.  The love of his life is a loud squicky blue ball, which he loves chasing.  

Vivo is a great car traveler and hiker.  When hiking, Vivo is learning to stay on the path, when to lead, and when to follow.  I am also working on camping with him, we have done a few backyard camping trips to pepper for future overnight hikes. Off leash he does his best to obey commands but mostly wants to play.  

We do visit local dog parks, such as the Maryland City Dog Park, Quiet Waters Dog Park &  Beach, to include some of the local military base beaches.  It does take him some time to warm up to the other dogs but after a while, he enjoys chasing and playing. He is not a fan of the water but on hot days he does enjoy a swim in his little yellow dog vest. 

I have been complimented multiple times on his looks to include how well he behaves.   

Posted: 12/17/2018

Jackson is doing great in his new home!  He loves going for walks, playing outside, riding in the car and spending time with Kristen.  He has brought much happiness to our family.  He is always ready for Christmas and has even visited Santa.

Posted: 12/15/2018

I adopted Xena (AKA Xena Beena) Aug 7 and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.  She is such a blessing.  She's really come out of her shell and makes me laugh all the time.  We call her wild woman when she gets her crazy period and tears through the house and yard.  She loves to go for walks and rides, especially when we go see grandma and grandpa.  She also loves to play with her toys (and her bone), and really likes un-stuffing them.  She found her FUR-EVER home!  I can't imagine life without her.

Posted: 12/14/2018
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Remington (fka Tank)

Posted: 12/13/2018

Nikia (shortened to Kia) became a member of our family in April 2018 and has fit in perfectly.  She is truly such a blessing.  She is such a loving, sweet and well behaved girl!  She follows her daddy around all the time and gets along great with all three of our little girls.  She enjoys playing outside, waiting at the bus stop, and doing a whole lot of sleeping.  She's our "fluffy bear" and we love her very much!

Posted: 12/12/2018

A little over a year ago, we met this very calm, very laid back, very friendly MAGSR pup named Kimbra. She was our second or third foster. It didn’t take long for her to become foster fail #1. Kimbra runs on Kimbra time which a little slower paced than most. She will do most any command you ask of her, but she’s going to make sure you know she’ll do it at her pace. At obedience training, we had to slightly adjust the time allowed to complete the commands. She enjoyed her leisurely lifestyle and got along fairly well with a string of awesome fosters whose path crossed through our home….just as long as they knew she was the alpha. She absolutely loved Olaf, Windsor, Berl (Bacon) and Ralph from day one. The others…well she agreed to tolerate them.

   Then one day last August, this little tornado showed up at her house and things got exciting. Axel had found his forever home after I had walked him for about five minutes at the MAGSR kennel. Axel does everything like his hair is on fire. He is a very good listener and does excellent with off-leash voice commands…Kimbra not so much, after she gets about 25 yards away, she apparently goes deaf….which has made for some interesting unscheduled field trips, especially at the beach. Kimbra was initially wary of this hyper little ball of energy, but his charm and playfulness won her over and she actually began playing with him….all day long and for as long as we can tolerant them at night. They are now best of buds.

   Axels loves to be as close as possible to his humans and his Kimbra. Kimbra on the other hand likes to be close but a little distance suits her better. This seems to amuse Axel a great deal as he will lay down next to her with some body part touching her and she will then have to move enough to create some space between them…which forces Axel to move to regain physical contact…and so it continues until one of them concedes to the other.

   They are inseparable. I don’t believe Kimbra likes to admit it, but I think she really likes him. She will even initiate play time, which she never did with any of the other pups that stayed here. Personality-wise they are polar opposites, but they look to each other for everything they do. These two are an amazing part of our pack and I couldn't imagine our home without them. Thanks MAGSR for adding them to our lives!


Dave, Kathy, Kimbra and Axel

Posted: 12/12/2018

Nala is doing so well here in her New Home, She like toys and treats and some times one of my shoe’s lol   , She gives big kisses  and snuggles , She loves lazy days when we are all laying around , She loves the freedom of the yard , walks on the leash , Ans all the deer’s she can see and smell on our wooded property  . We feel like she has always been here with us . She has made a friend with our smaller dog Sandy they play and run together .We thank everyone involved  in this adoption , We could not have asked for better treatment and a better Dog .


Posted: 12/11/2018
Remi (fka Avery)
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This is Remi formerly known as Avery.

She is the best dog ever! So affectionate and smart. Her favorite thing is to snuggle with her mommy or daddy, but mostly mommy, on our giant bean bag. She’s still trying to figure out her kitty cat brother but with time they will be best friends. Remi loves to go for walks and meet everyone with a wagging tail and a friendly lick.

We thank MAGSR so much for rescuing her and letting us adopt her!

P.S.- we would LOVE to see how her siblings are growing!

Posted: 12/11/2018

We adopted "Action JAXSON" from MAGSR 6 months ago, he has been a great addition to our family. He can be a little clumsy; because he doesn't realize how big he is (106 lbs to be exact).

He is very loyal and obedient, house trained and most of all he loves to play with his rubber squeaky balls and toy bones. 

He enjoys walking regardless of the weather and he is my shadow while I am in the house, following me everywhere.

Julia S. Banks

Posted: 12/11/2018
Titan, Floyd & Karly
Titan & Floyd

Titan has been with us 3 months now and has become a big fluffy teddy bear who is playful and loving. He loves the other 2 dogs in our pack and can play non-stop with Floyd if we let him. He respects our 12 year old Karly and gives her her space.

Titan is very good inside the house. He loves playing with a ball in our back yard and enjoys his walks.

Arrowwood Shepherd training with Wes has been very beneficial. Titan now walks very well on a loose leash and obeys many commands. The only thing we need to work on is barking at our guests and training is helping with that.

We love Titan dearly and are so happy to have him as part of our pack and are working on training  him to be even more wonderful than he already is !

Thank you, Martha and George, Floyd and Karly

Posted: 12/11/2018
Mom! Time to play!!!

We adopted our crazy Kona girl on August 2017. She is an awesome addition to our family! Lots of fun, super smart, loves to learn, loves to snuggle, and is very vocal. Attached is a recent pic!

Posted: 12/11/2018
Baker and his crew
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We are so thrilled to have Baker as part of our family.  He has settled in fabulously and is happily playing with his brother and sister.  

We enjoy seeing him continuing to come out of his shell and show his personality (and every now and then even his voice).  It turns out he loves the snow, chicken, morning hellos, hikes and rear end scratches.  He follows commands, comes when he’s called, is happy to sit and shake and has the paw wiping ritual down pat.  

We’re looking forward to celebrating our first Christmas with him and watching him open his stocking.  

Happy holidays.  

Posted: 12/10/2018

My husband and I adopted Arrow last November 2017. Since then Arrow has learned simple commands, but mainly we have truly seen his character come out in the best way. He is a playful energetic pup.

He loves playing with our other GSD Myla and they love to chase squirrels in the yard and chase each other. Furthermore we have done more research on Trip-paw dog care and have been persistent in insuring he is exercising but not wearing himself out in the summer months and year round.

Overall he is living his best dog life and we look forward to many more years with him. 

Posted: 12/10/2018

Sterling is living his best life!

He enjoys long walks and loves car rides. So much so that we had to get goofy doggy goggles to protect his eyes when he sticks his head out the window.  He is spoiled with endless toys and loves to chase tennis balls. His favorite toy is an orange squeaky ball that no longer squeaks and is torn in half.  He loves meeting new people. 

Posted: 12/09/2018
Willow Willow Willow

I adopted Willow in August 2017. We celebrated her 1st Gotcha Day in August and her 2nd birthday in October. Her favorite toys include her Planet Dog Orbee ball and Jolly ball. She also enjoys her dog puzzles, chewing on antlers, and running laps in her newly fenced backyard. Willow spent a lot of time this past summer swimming at her grandparent’s pool with their two dogs. She also got a feline sister this past spring when the neighborhood outdoor cat decided to move in. I plan to do additional training with her this spring and summer. She brings so much joy to my life and I can’t imagine my life without her.

Posted: 12/09/2018
Elke Elke Elke

We are so pleased with our MAGSR Alum, Elke a Dutch Shepherd.  We adopted her in October 2017 and it’s been a wonderful year of training, playing fetch and simply enjoying her love of life.  She’s been on camping trips, visited the grandparents at the lake and in general goes everywhere with us.  She is our protector especially keeping us safe from squirrels and has been very accommodating of our fosters dogs.  She is an all around fabulous dog! Thanks for bringing her into our lives.

Posted: 12/09/2018

I just wanted to tell you how much we love Thor. We adopted him September 9th 2018, and he has quickly become an irreplaceable part of this family. We are very proud to announce he has passed his AKC Canine Good Citizen exam, and continues to flourish. We are so thankful to have him in our lives, and are so glad we found MAGSR when we did! 


Posted: 12/09/2018

We previously rescued another German Shepherd named Rocky from a shelter. He lived a full life and was a wonderful dog; more importantly a family member. When we lost him we didn’t think we would ever adopt again. Losing Rocky was so painful.

Then one of your volunteers, Marie Wauters, recommended we look at Riley. We made an appt to look at a few dogs. However, we met Riley first and looked no further.  The connection was undeniable. We did the paperwork and she jumped right in the truck ready for the one hour plus drive home. She never wined or paced or did any of the things we expected.  She came right into our home and laid on her bed like she knew it was waiting for her. We have never had to crate her...not once. It is uncanny how she walked into our lives like she had always been here. We love her more than words can express. My husband is retired and is fortunate enough to share his days with her. I do get evenings and weekends. ️  She loves to go for rides and is such an important part of our lives. She has brought so much joy to our lives. She has also taught us that the pain we feel when our fur-babies cross the rainbow bridge is worth it for the amazing bond we share. We know how much it means to these animals to find a loving forever home. 

Thank you for all that your organization does to take care of them and to find them not just any home but the right one....the one best suited for both the dog and the owner(s).

Posted: 12/09/2018
Lady Lady

Lady will have been with us for 2 years this Feb. She is an amazing dog, who loves Catherine (my 8 year old daughter) and treats her like a sister. She now also lives with a two year chocolate lab, and loves nothing more than to run into the river to swim and play.

Posted: 12/08/2018

We adopted Sheba 4 years ago. She is the light of our lives. She has been through some adventures including moving from Virginia to Northern Michigan and suffering a broken leg in the spring.